Visitor Guide

A man and woman wearing face masks walk past a wooden sculpture in the Gallery
Photographer: Jack Caffrey, The Pimlico Project, 2021.

Plan your visit

Visit the Gallery for free!

Group visits

Entrances to the Gallery


  • Carers can visit the temporary exhibitions for free, but must book their free ticket in advance.
  • If you need accessibility assistance please contact [email protected] before your visit, or talk to any member of staff upon your arrival. The welfare of our visitors is paramount at the Gallery, and we will take every step to ensure that your visit to the Gallery is enjoyable and safe.
  • Read more about access facilities and services in the Gallery.

Visiting with kids and young people

During your visit


  • Self-service lockers are available at Merrion Square.
  • Visitors are requested to place all handheld and backpack size items into the lockers.
  • Visitors are advised that the Gallery does not offer storage facilities, or permit any suitcases in the Gallery that are larger than a handheld bag or regular size backpacks that fit into the self-service lockers. Self-service lockers are 45cm x 37cm x 45cm in size. 
  • Items may not be deposited overnight, items not retrieved will be recorded in Lost and Found.
  • Visitors are requested to park electric scooters and bikes in the bike storage area at Merrion Square forecourt. Electric scooters and bikes are not permitted in the Gallery. 


  • Wheelchairs are available to borrow. Please ask a staff member at the information desk for assistance, or reserve one in advance by contacting [email protected]
  • All wheelchairs are cleaned thoroughly before and after each use.  

Toilets and Changing Places facility

  • There are toilets located on Level -1, accessed via the stairs/lifts near the Merrion Square entrance. Additional toilets are located on Level 1 and Level 0 of the Millennium Wing, near the Clare Street entrance. Download a Gallery map, or ask any staff member for directions.
  • The Changing Places facility is available to use. Please contact 087 117 0880 for the key and more information about this facility.

Atrium Creative Space

Drop by our Atrium Creative Space during your visit and use the available drawing materials to make your own artwork!

Family Packs and Drawing & Creative Writing Kits

  • Anyone can borrow these packs, free of charge, from the information desks.
  • Family Packs contain drawing materials for children to use during their visit.
  • Drawing & Creative Writing Kits are for adults and young people aged 16+. Each kit contains writing and drawing materials for when inspiration strikes during your visit.

Temporary room closures

  • Some rooms and galleries may be temporarily closed. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused.

Gallery Café

The Gallery Café is located on Level 0 of the Millennium Wing, most easily accessed via the Gallery's Clare Street entrance. The Café is open at the following times:

Monday: 11am – 5pm
Tuesday and Wednesday: 9.30am – 5pm
Thursday: 9.30am – 8pm (The Café will close at 5pm on 17 March)
Friday and Saturday: 9.30am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Gallery Shop


Listen, learn and explore

Free guided tours

We run a regular programme of free guided tours in the Gallery. Everyone is welcome - no booking required! Check the What's On calendar for upcoming tours. Or, you could follow one of our online self-guided tours on your visit. Choose from a wide range of themes including Irish art, family favourites, costume, and LGBTQIA+.

Audio guides

  • Use your own smartphone and headphones to listen to a small selection of audio descriptions of artworks.
  • You will see green and pink labels in the rooms: a 'headphones symbol' on these coloured labels indicates that an audio description is available.
  • You can access the small selection of audio descriptions here.
  • Please note: audio-guide handsets are not currently available to borrow. You must use your own device.

Audio Tour for Kids & Families

Visiting with kids and young people

See The Meeting on the Turret Stairs

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